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Everyone Blog About The Howard County (MD) State’s Attorney’s Office Day

April 8, 2013

You’ll have to forgive me as this is my first Blog post ever. I was compelled to take part on this day called for by WJJ Hoge after having read the truly outrageous statements accredited to Assistants State’s Attorney Jim Brewer:

“If you’re so concerned about your safety, don’t come to Maryland,” and, “Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.”

I could not believe that any attorney would say this to a citizen. I sent the following e-mail on March 23, 2013:

Dario J. Broccolino
State’s Attorney
Howard County, MD State’s Attorneys Office
Dear Mr. Broccolino,
Recently I read a blog entry located at Hogewash.com that I would like to get official clarification of the following questions:

1. Is it the position of the State’s Attorney that operation of a blog allows one unlimited license to contact another person without regard to Maryland Criminal Statutes 3-803 and/or 3-805?

2. Does Mr. Broccilino believe that a public person such as himself may not seek to demand that someone cease contacting him as provided by Maryland Criminal Statutes 3-803 and/or 3-805?

3. Is it the policy of State’s Attorney that non-residents of Maryland must or should avoid entering the state if they are being stalked by a Maryland resident?

These question arose after reading about what was said and done about court cases involving Mr. Lee Stranahan and Mr. Aaron Walker as alleged victims of harassment by Mr. Bill Schmalfeldt.

Assistant State’s Attorney Mr. Jim Brewer is quoted as saying, “If you’re so concerned about your safety, don’t come to Maryland,” and, “Stay off the Internet if you don’t want to be harassed.”

Is that the official position of the Howard County, MD, States Attorney’s office?

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

I signed it with my real name and hometown. I waited a week. No answer. I started calling the State’s Attorney’s office on April 3, 2013. I was sent to a voice mail for a Mr. Wayne Kirwan. I left a message which included my telephone number and asked to be called back. No call ever came.

So I called back again on April 4, 2013. Again I was asked to leave a message with Mr. Kirwan and again I left a polite message asking for a call back at 8AM. Then I left another voice message at 12PM. Still nothing by the end of business that day.

Finally I forwarded the above email to Mr. Kirwan on April 5, 2013 along with the message:

Mr. Kirwan,
Please reply ASAP. I am writing a post for the blog Monitor’s Access to be published on 8 April. I am sorry that I am unable to give more time, but was just given your email address this day. I have also left a couple of voice mails for you over the past couple of days and can be reached at (Phone# Redacted) if you would prefer to discuss this in person.
Thank you so much for your time,

End of business came and I still had not received an answer.

So I sat down over this weekend to compose this post. I still do not know if what Mr. Brewer is alleged to have said is the official opinion of the Howard County (MD) State’s Attorney.

I can only assume that it must be, or else they would have taken the time to send a brief e-mail or phone call to let a citizen know that they did not subscribe to what has been reported about them. They would have taken the time to correct the mistaken assumption and clarified their position.

At the very least the office should have made some sort of effort to placate a citizen writing to them with concerns…instead the entire situation was ignored.

I know now that I will not be vacationing in Maryland. My plans to visit Camden Yards this summer have now been cancelled.

We get the government we deserve is the old saying. How sad that Howard County residents are represented by people like Jim Brewer and have elected Mr. Dario J. Broccolino to such an important position as State’s Attorney. I can only hope that news of this will be remembered come election time once again. Perhaps it is time for someone better suited to the position to win the election.

If you wish to try to contact the office on your own and get a clarification you can use the following info:

The Howard County State’s Attorney’s phone number is (410) 313-2108.
The fax number is (410) 313-3294.
The email address is sao@howardcountymd.gov.

The PR person Wayne Kirwan can be contacted:
His phone number is 410-313-3002
His email is wkirwan@howardcountymd.gov.

Good luck!

 

UPDATE: Here is a list of other people participating in BlogHoCoSAO from Hogewash:

http://hogewash.com/2013/04/08/bloghocosao-participants/

Big thanks for WJJ Hoge for including my little missive in his list.

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